On August 27, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Story of Kullervo goes on sale through the HarperCollins website. The 192-page book is an unfinished story that Tolkien described as “the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own.” The character of Kullervo is taken from the Kalevala, a Finnish epic poem, and in Tolkien’s retelling he is an ancestor of Túrin Turambar, who appears in The Silmarillion and other writings.
The description from HarperCollins:
Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and who tries three times to kill him when still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and guarded by the magical powers of the black dog, Musti. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruellest of fates.
Tolkien began writing Kullervo in 1914, while a student at Oxford. The version being published is Tolkien’s own manuscript and (as described by HarperCollins) “the author’s drafts, notes and lecture-essays on its source-work.” The book is also listed at Amazon.com, although with a shipping date of October 13.